Brief Report Open Access
Volume 5 | Issue 1 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.33696/AIDS.5.045

STI Characterization in Two U.S. Veterans Health Administration Healthcare Facilities During the Early COVID-19 Pandemic

  • 1Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA
  • 2Section of Infectious Diseases, Baltimore VA Medical Center, Baltimore, MD, USA
  • 3Department of Pharmacy, Baltimore VA Medical Center, Baltimore, MD, USA
  • 4Section of Infectious Diseases, Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Washington DC, USA
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Corresponding Author

Omar Harfouch, OHarfouch@ihv.umaryland.edu

Received Date: September 14, 2023

Accepted Date: October 24, 2023


This retrospective chart review of Veterans at the Maryland and Washington, D.C. VA Medical Centers showed that STI positivity ratios increased in 2020 (2018-2020). The disparity in STI risk between Black and White Veterans widened in 2020, highlighting the need for targeted evidence-based STI prevention following the COVID-19 pandemic.


Sexually transmitted infections (STIs), COVID-19, Veterans, Health equity, HIV prevention

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